China`s apparel sector is 80 years old, while business in Bangladesh only started 40 years ago, he said. “So it makes sense to extend the commercial privilege for us,” he said. As a general rule, the EU does not grant trade benefits under the EBA as a result of a country`s conclusion. About 74% of Bangladesh`s export earnings are considered LDCs in preferential trade. 64% of the share comes from the EU and 10% from Japan, Canada and other industrialized countries. Not only has the EU and Bangladesh also asked the United States for commercial facilities, since the government has already set up a special commission to attract more American investment to that country. “We have invested billions of dollars in the nesting industry and industry. We need more trade benefits from the EU and other developed countries for our development. Diplomatic relations between the EU and Bangladesh were established in 1973. A cooperation agreement covering trade, economic and development cooperation, human rights, good governance and the environment was signed in 2001. European bilateral development aid to Bangladesh for the year 2020 amounts to 655,000,000 euros.
Regarding the UK`s post-Brexit tariff privilege, he said the UK government had already assured the Trade Department that it would continue to provide existing trade benefits after its separation from the EU. The EU is cooperating closely with Bangladesh under the EU-Bangladesh cooperation agreement concluded in 2001. This agreement offers a wide margin of cooperation and covers trade and economic development, human rights, good governance and the environment. In addition, Bangladesh must ratify the 27 UN conventions for the EU Trade Mechanism. In 2001, the EU-Bangladesh Cooperation Agreement was signed, which laid the foundation for trade relations.  The European Union has granted Bangladesh duty-free access to the EU market under the “Everything but Arms” (EBA) initiative.  The European Union is the largest trading share of Bangladesh, which accounts for 24% of Bangladesh`s total trade. Bangladesh in trade unions 35 major trading partners. Clothing accounts for 90% of all Bangladesh`s exports to the EU. 49% of EU exports are machinery and transport.  The “Everything but Arms” programme is expected to be completed in 2021, when Bangladesh is expected to join the developing group.
 “Extensive product coverage under the EPZs means that the agreements are almost free trade agreements [FTAs],” he said. The EU is committed to improving working conditions, democracy and freedom of expression in Bangladesh. In 2013, Bangladesh signed the Sustainable Development Pact with the EU to strengthen working conditions in the country.  The EU has also voted in favour of abolishing the death penalty in Bangladesh.  Education: Nearly 95,500 new teachers have been recruited and 39,000 classrooms have been built, with the teacher-pupil ratio significantly improved (1:38). Teaching methods have improved with the development of a skills curriculum, improved and timely distribution of textbooks and teacher capacity building (3rd primary education programme (PEDP3). “We expect the EU to extend its EBA for Bangladesh at least 10 years after its official closure in 2024,” said Mohammad A Momen, director of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association. “We are ready to make an LDC a diploma in a developing country in 2024,” he said. The clothing sector alone accounts for 84% of national exports and directly employs 4.1 million workers, Momen said.